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5 Ways to Get Your Kids Ready for School Faster (Hint: Start the Night Before)


By Becky Mansfield, Your Modern Family. Becky Mansfield is a paid spokesperson for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®

Mornings are a time of ultimate opportunity, when you have the power to get your family off on the right foot. How you handle that is up to you – mornings can be the best part of the day, as  they can be a stressful time of day that you come to dread. How successful your mornings are – and how you feel about them – boils down to one thing: preparation.

Here are 5 tips to make your morning work well by preparing the night before.

1. Get their outfits ready

pick out kids outfits the night before

I usually pick out what our kids are going to wear before they go to bed.  This helps you to avoid power struggles in the morning, and it lets your child get a move on their day as soon as they wake up, instead of waiting for you. I pick out everything from the main outfit to the headband, and even right down to the shoes.

2. Have toothbrushes, mouthwash and floss ready the night before.

Kids mouthwash

By the time the kids wake up, I have everything out on the bathroom counter, so they can come into the bathroom, brush their teeth, floss, rinse & be on their way.  I find that having the LISTERINE® SMART RINSE® in the bathroom entices them to come in to brush their teeth. They LOVE it. I love it, too, because it has the right amount of fluoride for your child’s young teeth that can help prevent cavities.

3. Have their hair ready the night before. 

Kid with curly hair

Sounds tricky, right?  The key to having our daughter’s long, curly hair ready for school the next day is having it combed and braided at night. I use JOHNSON’S® NO MORE TANGLES® Conditioner and follow it up with JOHNSON’S® NO MORE TANGLES® Detangling Spray. Then, I brush it out and loosely braid it so it’s ready for her to go to sleep. In the morning, I just take the braids out and her hair is ready to go.

4. Pack lunches at night.


How to pack school lunches

Every Sunday, I make lunches for the week and I freeze them. Then, every night I get their lunch boxes ready to go (cleaned out, on the countertop). In the mornings, the kids grab one sandwich out of the freezer and toss it into their lunch box. It will keep the other food cold and it will be thawed to perfection by lunch. They pack them at night and put them into the refrigerator. In the morning, we just put it into their lunch box & they are ready to go.

5. Start the day with a smile!
You have prepared for your morning with all of the steps above, so you are ready to have a great day.  Now it is up to you to set the tone for your family.  Put a smile on that face, some pep in that step and wish your kids a good morning!

Becky Mansfield is a paid spokesperson for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®

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